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Monica Sang, Esq., SHRM-SCP

Monica Sang, Esq., SHRM-SCP

National Bar Association "Top 40 Under 40" Lawyer Award Recipient | General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at YC & VC-Backed Tech Startup | Angel Investor | Startup Advisor

Greater Houston

I am a California and Nevada licensed attorney with an entrepreneurial mindset and 14+ years of combined law firm, HR, and in-house counsel (startup, small and large public company) experience and a passion for real estate, tech, mentoring college and law students and new attorneys, volunteering, and advising tech startup founders.

I have provided legal counsel to companies ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies including financial institutions and tech companies. I have also counseled US and international companies on diverse corporate and regulatory compliance matters.

Currently, I am the first General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of a fintech startup. In 2021, I was selected to participate in first cohort of the On Deck Fintech Fellowship, which is a program for founders, investors, and operators working on frontier themes in fintech.

I am involved in several organizations including the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Women in FinTech SF, and The Bridge Builders Esq. National Mentorship Program for Aspiring Black Lawyers.

I have launched and served as the first General Counsel & Head of Compliance for multiple startups. Also, I have served as the first General Counsel of several other established companies including a real estate investment/asset management company with approximately $500 million in assets under management (AUM) and a Chief Counsel & Compliance Officer at a public multi-billion-dollar company (~40,000 employees). Prior to transitioning to an in-house role, I worked at a large international law firm (AM 100).

After college, I ran my family's business and handled all aspects of operations. I graduated early from college and law school.

Core Competencies Include: Corporate and Regulatory Compliance (Consumer Finance Regulations, AML/BSA, KYC/KYB, foreign sanctions (OFAC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-slavery and human trafficking, and trade compliance), Contracts (MSA, vendor, SaaS [software-as-a-service], BaaS [banking-as-a-service], employment and consulting, purchase and sale, MOU, LOI, license, and lease agreements), Strategic Initiatives, Outside Counsel Management, Risk Management/Insurance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Employment Law and HR, Corporate Formation and Entity Management, and Data Privacy.


Experience:

  • General Counsel (Head of Legal) & Chief Compliance Officer of Lucky Technology Corp. dba Lucky Card (Lucky Card)
  • Founding Angel Investor (Vitalize Venture Capital)
  • General Counsel (Head of Legal & Compliance) & Interim HR Director (Strategic Acquisitions, Inc. & Multiple Startups )
  • General Counsel (Head of Legal) & Chief Compliance Officer (YC W21) (PingLend)
  • Chief Counsel & Compliance Officer - North, Central & South America & CSS (Global Division) (McDermott International, Ltd)

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